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The Cabernet Boom and Its Discontents

The Wine Economist

Our recent trip to the Napa Valley provokes two columns: this one about the Cabernet Sauvignon boom and next’s week’s about Zinfandel’s uncertain future. >>><<< What winegrape variety comes to mind when I say “Napa Valley …”? There are lots of possibilities. Chardonnay. Merlot. Sauvignon Blanc, of course! Hey, Larkmead makes a tasty Tocai Friuliano. But […]

The American Wine Industry’s Achilles Heel: Labor

The Wine Economist

I tell my friends that the wine business is a people business and it is really true. Relationships matter a lot in wine. One of the reasons that Sue and I so enjoy our work is the opportunity to meet and get to know so many wonderful people. People are the wine industry’s strength, but […]

The IKEA of Italian Food & Wine? Welcome to FICO Eataly World

The Wine Economist

If you have ever visited an IKEA store I’m sure you have vivid memories of the experience. The stores are huge (30,000 square meters on average, I’m told, although there’s one in South Korea  that’s almost twice that size). Each store is organized around a journey that customers take from room to room, space to […]

Lost in Translation? Misunderstanding Old World and New World Wine

The Wine Economist

The idea that important things can get “lost in translation” holds true on many levels. Sometimes it is literally a translation problem, as Sue and I tried to switch between French and English on our recent trip to Languedoc, Roussillon, and the Loire Valley. For someone like me, who doesn’t speak French so much as […]

Discovering the “Invisible” Cooperative Wineries of Languedoc and Roussillion

The Wine Economist

They say that there is strength in numbers, which may explain why wine cooperatives tend to emerge during periods of crisis, when individual winegrowers are practically powerless to defend themselves and only collective action holds hope. The cooperative in Caramany, the Vignerons de Caramany, was founded in 1924 in response to the Phylloxera crisis. It experienced […]

VinoVip al Forte: Money, Taste, & the Future of the Italian Wine Industry

The Wine Economist

What’s holding back the Italian wine industry and how can it change to be more successful in the hyper-competitive global market environment? These questions brought us to a Tuscan seaside resort last month. Read on to see what we discovered. >>><<< The icons of Italian wine gather in Cortina D’Ampezzo for a few days every […]

Shaw Organic: Is This the Next Miracle from Bronco Wine & Trader Joe’s?

The Wine Economist

“It’s very popular — one of the varietals is nearly sold out already.” That was my friend Kelly’s response to a question about a new wine at her Trader Joe’s store: Shaw Organic. It is the latest wine from the people who brought you Charles Shaw (a.k.a. Two Buck Chuck) and I think it might say something […]

Three Faces of Languedoc Wine: Aimé Guibert, Robert Skalli & Gérard Bertrand

The Wine Economist

Aimé Guibert and Robert Skalli — these were the key protagonists in my analysis of globalization and wine in the Languedoc in my 2011 book Wine Wars.  Both Guilbert and Skalli revolutionized Languedoc wine, but in different ways. And they had different opinions of globalization, too. If I were writing a second edition of Wine […]

State of the Art? Aussie Wine Tourism Invests in Asia & Digital Strategies

The Wine Economist

Wine tourism is an increasingly important element of wine marketing and sales as both authenticity and identity grow as ways to differentiate products in today’s incredibly crowded and competitive global market. Nothing like the personal experience that wine visitors often receive to turn customers into ambassadors. Of course wine tourism does more than sell wine […]

Wine Economist World Tour Update: Italy, Napa, Moldova, Romania

The Wine Economist

The Wine Economist returns to the road in a few weeks. Here are some of the stops we plan during the summer months. June 2018 I’ll be speaking about “Around the World in Eighty Wines” and leading a wine tasting as part of the University of Puget Sound’s Summer Reunion Weekend Alumni College. June 8-9, 2018. […]

Navigating the Headwinds for French Wine Exports to the U.S. Market

The Wine Economist

Sue and I recently returned from a press tour to three French wine regions — Languedoc, Roussillon, and the Loire Valley —  that are benefiting from the current surge in demand for French wines in the U.S. market. As I noted last week, France is back on consumer radar, especially with buyers thirsty for  Rosé […]

Unlocking the Market Potential of Languedoc, Roussillon, & the Loire Valley

The Wine Economist

What do you think of when you think of French wine? If you are like most people, your thoughts probably stray to the iconic regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne. These regions and their wines are fundamental to the way we understand U.S. French wine and wine generally. The Rhone and Alsace are probably on […]

Outlaw Wine? 19 Crimes Succeeds by Breaking All the Wine Marketing Rules

The Wine Economist

19 Crimes, the popular brand from Treasury Wine Estates, does everything wrong. It breaks all the “conventional wisdom” rules. It is everything that shouldn’t sell in the U.S. market. And yet it flies off the shelves. What’s going on? 19 Crimes is an Australian wine brand, which is the first problem. Sales of Aussie wines […]

Wine in America: Surprising Idaho and its Diverse Wine Scene

The Wine Economist

There is a big world of American wine out there, full of surprises. Wine is made in all 50 states, so “Support your local wine industry” is practical advice. Sometimes this requires you to head off the the vineyards, but sometimes they can come to you. Case in point … the booming Boise, Idaho wine […]

The Changing Face of Wine in America: The Cooper’s Hawk Phenomenon

The Wine Economist

As I noted last week, wine is everywhere in America, or nearly so, and while it is common knowledge that the U.S. is the world’s largest wine market and that wine is produced in all 50 states, the diversity of the wine experience here sometimes comes as a surprise. Case in point … What if […]

Scratching the Surface of Wine in America

The Wine Economist

I was busy this winter speaking at national and regional wine industry gatherings here in the United States: the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento (the western hemisphere’s largest wine industry meeting) and smaller but equally ambitious wine business meetings in Colorado, Idaho, and Washington State. It’s been inspiring to meet so many hard-working […]

Review of “Our Blood is Wine”: A Film about Georgia Qvevri Wine

The Wine Economist

  Our Blood is Wine, directed by Emily Railsback, released by Music Box Films, 2018. Available as video-on-demand via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc. Our Blood is Wine is a fascinating look at traditional wine-making in Georgia (the republic, not the U.S. state) and how it survived the traumatic Soviet era to be widely celebrated today as […]

Războaiele Vinului: Romanian Wine Wars

The Wine Economist

Romania has a long wine history and a more significant contemporary wine market presence than many observers appreciate. Its fine wines seem to fly under the radar here in the United States. Romania produces more wine than New Zealand, according to OIV statistics. So why are Kiwi wines much  better known on the international scene? Strategy […]

Book Review: Intriguing Variations on a Wine Globalization Theme

The Wine Economist

Wine Globalization: A New Comparative History edited by Kym Anderson and Vicente Pinilla, Cambridge University Press, 2018. (See also The World’s Wine Markets: Globalization at Work edited by Kym Anderson, Edward Elgar, 2004.) The fact that wine is such a global business was one of factors that motivated me to study it seriously in the first place. […]

Book Review: James Conaway on the Napa Valley Wine Wars

The Wine Economist

James Conaway, Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity (Simon & Schuster, March 2018). Hegel wrote that the Owl of Minerva only takes flight at dusk, suggesting that wisdom (the owl) finally awakes when the day is nearly done and the opportunity to benefit from insight has almost passed. It is […]

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